Controversy always seems to pay off in social media for someone, but this time it’s not Tracy Morgan. The notoriously blunt comedian and star of “30 Rock” appeared recently in Nashville where, according to an account by audience member Kevin Rogers, Mr. Morgan explained if his son were gay he’d “pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death.”
Apparently Mr. Morgan’s rant went on for some time.
“The sad thing is that none of this rant was a joke,” wrote Mr. Rogers, who is himself gay. Mr. Morgan’s “entire demeanor changed during that portion of the night. He was truly filled with some hate towards” gays and lesbians.
Country music star and coach on NBC’s “The Voice” Blake Shelton tweeted his own violent distaste for gay men last month. How’d that work out for Blake? It earned him 40,000 extra followers on Twitter and a blimp in the news.
Tracy Morgan, on the other hand, did not tweet his disgust. The result? Despite the news coverage, Mr. Morgan’s apologies and outrage from Tina Fey and others, no discernible change occurred to @RealTracyMorgan, as you can see here:
Why? A few things of note:[unordered_list style=”bullet”]
- The incident did not occur in social media but the “real world.”
- Mr. Morgan’s Twitter account is not mentioned at all.
- Mr. Morgan’s Twitter account is already on a remarkable increase, although it has slowed dropping below at least 1,000 new followers daily in recent days, which could indicate possibly he’s reaching a plateau rather than impact from this.
At this point, Mr. Roger’s account has 355 “likes” of his post and 672 comments. He’s also now boasting 1,859 friends.
Someone always wins in a social media controversy. In this case, it’s not the famous person.